Technical Officer, Family, Health Promotion and Life Course

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This is a requisition for employment at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)

The Department of Family, Health Promotion and Life Course (FPL) of the Pan American Health Organization promotes, coordinates and implements technical cooperation at the regional, subregional and country levels, emphasizing the central role of the family and community to foster a culture of health promotion and protection in which health is a social value and a human right. FPL focuses on the development and implementation of programs for women and men’s health; sexual and reproductive health; maternal and neonatal health; the integrated health and development of children and adolescents; the health of aging populations; food and nutrition; comprehensive family immunization and leads innovative, inter-sectoral and strategic efforts to address the social determinants of health.


Under the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative and the technical guidance of the Advisor, Health System and Services, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

  1. Provide strategic, technical and programmatic support for the development, update and implementation of evidence-based policies, plans and strategies to improve health promotion and life course, youth health, their access to quality health care with emphasis on reproductive health services to prevent early pregnancy and to reduce maternal mortality, taking into account the pluri-ethnic, diversity, inequities in health, and the level of development of the country, within the framework of PAHO’s Strategic Plan;
  2. Contribute to the development of family and community health programs, identifying and analyzing local experiences at country level, identifying, and documenting positive key elements, lessons learned and good practices; promote and support research in the areas of responsibility;
  3. Participate in the programming, planning and evaluation of program and strategies for family health and community interventions;
  4. Provide technical cooperation to strengthen the evidence-based approach in the preparation of key norms, guidelines and strategies to guide the creation, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions to foster a culture of health quality among adolescents, reproductive health services and community base interventions , to prevent first and second pregnancy among adolescents and young girls, including interventions for adolescent and young males; as well as the reduction of maternal mortality among this age group and overall a healthy development during the life course;
  5. Provide support for the development of good managerial practices for adolescent and youth centered quality health services, aiming at the improvement of access to health services including to modern reproductive health method and community based interventions;
  6. Provide support in the development of family, health promotion, and life course core data (including the use of Information Communication Technologies), their integration with broader health information systems, the production of analysis and policy briefs and the identification of knowledge gaps, amenable to organizational and evaluative research; produce, on a periodic basis, an analysis of the situation and trends;
  7. Support the capacity of academic institutions and other national agencies in the development of human resources with competences pertinent to adolescent health within the course of life, reproductive health regulation, using several learning strategies, including distance learning;
  8. Coordinate and support the implementation of activities promoted both by the Organization's specialized centers, mainly the Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women's Health, and Reproductive Health (CLAP), WHO collaborating Centers and other national institutions, to strengthen training in the areas of adolescent health, reproductive health, and community health and related fields;
  9. Promote and undertake key actions that favor the implementation of community family health policies, taking into consideration existing legislation;
  10. Disseminate appropriate and relevant technical information and good practices related to adolescent health, reproductive health, and community health intervention;
  11. Promote and support the implementation of PAHO's Gender Equality Policy and cultural diversity incorporation in health documents and programs of work;
  12. Support south-south and triangular cooperation for the exchange of experiences, as well as other cooperation for development;
  13. Mobilize resources, financial and non-financial by assisting national authorities in the preparation of project proposals and plans to appropriate national, bilateral, and international agencies and by facilitating south-south and triangular cooperation for health development;
  14. Contribute to the coordination of delivery of the Organization’s technical cooperation and financial assistance, working as part of the team of consultants assigned to the Country Office;
  15. Collaborate in the preparation of the Representation´s Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the execution of international cooperation, including the analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic realities;
  16. Coordinate all Comprehensive Family Immunization related technical cooperation activities and support the management and execution efforts of the national program;
  17. Provide technical support to national authorities in the development of strategic actions to improve women, maternal, perinatal, neonatal, infant, child, adolescent, youth, men and elderly health and their access to health care taking into consideration the multi-ethnic diversity, inequities in health, determinants, and level of development of the country;
  18. Provide technical support for the preparation and revision of national and local level plans of actions; provide technical assistance to promote integrated child, adolescent, mother (maternal health and mortality reduction) and women’s health strategies and activities within national programs and with intercultural adaptation of the care services; support the Ministry of Health to introduce and strengthen child, adolescent and women’s health policies for preventive care to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
  19. Support technical cooperation activities related to Comprehensive Family Immunization and support the management and execution of the national program;
  20. Perform other related duties, as assigned.



Essential: A bachelor’s degree in a health or social science related to the functions of the position from a recognized university.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO, only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: PAHO will also use the databases of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and College Navigator, found on the website of the National Centre for Educational Statistics, to support the validation process.


Essential: Five years of national experience in managing inter-sectoral health or social projects and programs in the area family, health promotion and life course and quality of care applying the life course approach, with a strong background in community health.

Of these, at least three years should include development of policies, negotiation, and coordination with all relevant sectors of government, scientific societies, universities, international agencies, and organized community groups.

Desirable: Experience of work in different cultural contexts, managing community projects towards family, health promotion, and life course, especially related to indigenous and afro descendants' health, would be an asset.


PAHO Competencies:

  • Overall attitude at work****: Maintains integrity and takes a clear ethical approach and stance; demonstrates commitment to the Organization’s mandate and promotes the values of the Organization in daily work and behavior; is accountable for work carried out in line with own role and responsibilities; is respectful towards, and trusted by, colleagues and counterparts.
  • Teamwork****: Collaborate and cooperate with others. - Works collaboratively with team members and counterparts to achieve results; encourages cooperation and builds rapport; helps others when asked; accepts joint responsibility for the teams’ successes and shortcomings. Identifies conflicts in a timely manner and addresses them as necessary; understands issues from the perspective of others; does not interpret/ attribute conflicts to cultural, geographical or gender issues.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences****: Relate well to diversity in others and capitalize on such diversity - Treats all people with dignity and respect. Relates well to people with different cultures, gender, orientations, backgrounds and/or positions; examines own behavior to avoid stereotypical responses; considers issues from the perspective of others and values their diversity.
  • Communication****: Express oneself clearly when speaking/Write effectively/Listen/Shares knowledge - Quality and quantity of communication targeted at audience. Listens attentively and does not interrupt other speakers. Adapts communication style and written content to ensure they are appropriately and accurately understood by the audience (e.g., power-point presentations, communication strategies, implementation plans). Shares information openly with colleagues and transfers knowledge, as needed.
  • Knowing and managing yourself: Manages stress/Invite feedback/Continuously learn - Remains productive even in an environment where information or direction is not available, and when facing challenges; recovers quickly from setbacks, where necessary. Manages stress positively; remains positive and productive even under pressure; does not transfer stress to others. Seeks feedback to improve knowledge and performance; shows self- awareness when seeking and receiving feedback; uses feedback to improve own performance. Seeks informal and/or formal learning opportunities for personal and professional development; systematically learns new competencies and skills useful for job; takes advantage of learning opportunities to fill competencies and skill gaps.
  • Producing Results****: Deliver quality results/Take responsibility - Produces high-quality results and workable solutions that meet clients’ needs. Works independently to produce new results and sets own timelines effectively and efficiently. Shows awareness of own role and clarifies roles of team members in relation to project’s expected results. Makes proposals for improving processes as required and takes responsibility for own work and/or actions, as necessary. Demonstrates positive attitude in working on new projects and initiatives. Demonstrates accountability for own success, as well as for errors; learns from experience.
  • Moving forward in a changing environment****: Propose change/Adapt to change - Suggests and articulates effective and efficient proposals for change as needed when new circumstances arise. Quickly and effectively adapts own work approach in response to new demands and changing priorities. Is open to new ideas, approaches and working methods; adjusts own approach to embrace change initiatives.

Technical Expertise:

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of the family, health promotion and life course based approach to health interventions.
  • Professional expertise in health promotion, public health, and life course.
  • Knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria and instruments for evaluating program interventions.
  • Knowledge of community health and the approach of determinants of health.
  • Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical, and conceptual skills, demonstrated ability to assess, analyze, synthesize, and provide recommendations on key technical issues.
  • Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.


Essential: Very good knowledge of Spanish with a working knowledge of English. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.

IT Skills:

Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio and Project would be an asset.


Annual Salary****: (Net of taxes)



This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level****.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to PAHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and e-Manual.

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PAHO/WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

PAHO/WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

PAHO offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance). Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, dependency benefits, pension plan and health insurance scheme.

All applicants are required to complete an on-line profile to be considered for this post.

Candidates must hold a permanent local working visa (citizenship or permanent resident card) of Managua, Nicaragua.

Candidates will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration. A written test and/or interview will be held for this post. The post description is the official documentation for organizational purposes.

Candidates will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration. A written test and/or interview will be held for this post. The post description is the official documentation for organizational purposes.

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